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Oral history with the Honorable Russell C. Davis, mayor of the City of Jackson

Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection


Oral history.; Interview conducted on August 21, 1972 with the Honorable Russell C. Davis in his office in Jackson, Mississippi. He was born in Rockville, Maryland. After completing two years at the University of Maryland, Davis took employment in a U.S. Naval gun factory while awaiting a call to the military service. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. After the war, Davis joined his father-in-law in his insurance agency until he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. In July of 1969, Davis took office as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. He entered office during a tumultuous time in the South and he tried to advocate moderation and peace in the city of Jackson. Davis explains how he tried to keep the peace in the city of Jackson after the Jackson State shootings.


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